Commenting on blogs

Why I comment on blogs

In a writers group I’m part of, there was a question about commenting on blogs. The comment wondered why those who visited and read posts didn’t add their comments.

With this in mind, I thought I’d write a post about why I do or don’t comment on blog posts I’ve read.

There is no magic formula to the posts I comment on, however, this is a start:

  • If I feel I have something to say in response to the post, I will post a comment.
  • If I have nothing to add to the comments that are already on the post, I won’t add another comment. This can be one of the drawbacks of having a lot of comments…
  • If there is a CAPTCHA code that is too hard to read, or the process for adding a comment is too hard, I will abandon my comment and give up. This is the same if I have to register to comment on your blog.
  • Often I am running short on time when I read blog posts. There are times ย when I have simply read a post and don’t comment, even if I do have something to say.

These are some of the main reasons why I don’t comment on a blog. Essentially, if I don’t have anything to say, I won’t comment. Also, I don’t like posting comments that say simply “great post”, unless it’s part of a blog hop where participants need to add comments and I don’t have anything else to add.

For all you bloggers out there, don’t get discouraged by a lack of comments. This is not a reflection on the quality of your blog posts or your readers. It may simply be that they have nothing to add to the conversation.

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Comments

  1. LOL! I wrote a couple of posts about this about a year ago. Those posts got a lot of comments ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Totally agree with you, people are reading more and more blogs and commenting on every one of them would just take up too much time. Also, I read a lot of blogs on my phone and commenting from a phone is often tricky.

    Then there are those who are receiving their posts by email and don’t click through to the actual post to comment, unless they feel really strongly about the topic.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Dorothy. I completely forgot about the posts I get as an email. I rarely comment on those as I read them on my phone in gmail.

  2. Great post … hehe
    I often do write just that .. as a mark to say – I was here and did enjoy your blog.
    But like you – I don’t always have time and can’t always get past those pesky captcha codes.
    xx

    • Melissa says:

      hehehe, Thanks Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚ Great that you stopped by.

    • Yes I am with you Michelle – it would be rare for me not to leave a little comment – like a note in someone’s mailbox if I call around and they aren’t they – I just want them to know I have visited. I have also thought more on this and I wonder if some personalities need this more than others. Do you know about the book ‘The Five Love Languages’? I now suspect that might mine be words of affirmation! – Asta x
      And I bet you do get lots of comments for this. Maybe I do need to do a post on it – just to boost my comments. Hahahha

    • Yes I am with you Michelle – it would be rare for me not to leave a little comment – like a note in someone’s mailbox if I call around and they aren’t they – I just want them to know I have visited. I have also thought more on this and I wonder if some personalities need this more than others. Do you know about the book ‘The Five Love Languages’? I now suspect that might mine be words of affirmation! – Asta x
      And I bet you do get lots of comments for this. Maybe I do need to do a post on it – just to boost my comments. Hahahha

      look at the message I just got when I tried to post this – Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though youโ€™ve already said that!
      To that I say – I don’t think so!!! Just proves the problems we have with comments.

  3. Melissa, I’m glad I’ve just found your blog!

    Like you, I try to comment when I can but time is not always my friend – or I have nothing to say (rare I know!)

  4. I admit I will comment if no one else has – just to show someone is ‘out there’. I appreciate it when I can ‘like’ a post for sure!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Julie. I’m trying to work out how to add “like” buttons, but so far I’ve only been able to work out how to add share buttons…

  5. I’m like you! I try to comment when I think I have something meaningful to contribute, but sometimes I enjoy the post but don’t have anything to add. Doesn’t mean I don’t love the blog though!

  6. Hi Melissa, all the points you make I agree with. I often read but dont always post. Sometimes I have nothing intelligent to add and I tend to not like the great post comment. On my own blog if I have an interview with give away when people put great interview enter me. or looks good enter me I actually wonder if they have read the post. I know many people comment only to enter without reading info. I know I have been guilty of doing it myself but now I try to at least comment on something. Also I see the same people enter everywhere with the same comment. I now put a question for them to answer and still will get the great post enter me (to which I have mentioned this comment will not be entered).
    It use to worry me that not many commented but I know people look and often will get private messages.
    I changed the giveaway for awhile to a form and way more entered but they wouldn’t comment. I would now rather have a comment for the author and less entries than lots of entries but no comments for the author. I too hate the captcha code as often I cant read it and often I lose my comment.

    • Melissa says:

      I often wonder that with those giveaways with Rafflecopter too… sometimes I just don’t know what to put as a comment to get the extra entry.

  7. Melissa, I dont do extra entries. I really dont like the ones saying follow me etc. Partly cos just because you follow a blog doesn’t mean you visit it. I actually find it better when I subscribe to a blog as then I get the notification about the posts. Lately the author whos doing the giveaway has come up with a question or I will ask for a comment from the interview or a question for the author.

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